Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Reusing the Reusable Giveaway

In last weeks giveaway Ab E. won the prize and picked a copy of 'The Polynomial' which is an abstract 3d shooter that is driven by the music you feed into it, no plot, no story, no background, just pretty lights and the best music you can find in your collection. In light of the number of entries, Chris S also was awarded a PLEX (30 days of game time) in Eve Online - congratulations. Anyway, continuing the tradition, there's another giveaway, this time I want Wernher von Kerman to be recognized for his contributions to the space program (despite his dark past) - as before, there might be extra bonuses for particularly witty entries. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Russian Meteor Was The Loudest Recorded Infrasound Signal

The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization maintains a network of sensors around the world designed to detect and locate nuclear tests that might violate the treaty, and, as it turns out these are pretty good at detecting and analyzing the energy released by all sorts of large energetic events, like quarry explosions, volcanic eruptions and of course large meteor events.

Well it should come as no surprise that the Russian meteor event made quite an impact on this network even if it didn't make a huge impact on the ground. The infrasound signal recorded by the CTBTO network was the loudest it's ever recorded in the decade or so since it became operational. And while that's cool, the best part is that they've generated a version of the sound which is pitched up to make it audible to our limited human auditory faculties and you can listen to this signal on youtube.

The signal was powerful enough to be detected 15,000km away at stations in the Antarctic, and using multiple stations they put the time of the event at 03:22 GMT on 15 February 2013.

Monday, February 18, 2013

10 Episodes Of Reusable Space Program means Free Games!

And I don't mean free stuff like free rocks falling from the sky, because Russia has had its fill of those.

Good god I've managed to get 10 episodes into a series of Kerbal Space Program videos only having managed to irretrievably lose 4 rocket parts in the thousands that have gone into space. To celebrate such frugality I've got another raffle wherein I'm going to give out one (or more!) games from my Steam Gift collection, or even PLEX for Eve Online players.

I say 'or more' because the more entrants I get the more prizes will be added, so don't be dissuaded when you see thousands of entries, that'll just mean more winners.

As before, I'm letting Rafflecopter handle the entries to make sure everything is above board and there's no favouritism involved in selecting the winners.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lunar Flight Multiplayer - Coming This Month!

Sean Edwards - AKA Shovsoft pointed me at a video of the new multiplayer feature which he's developing for Lunar Flight. I hope we get LEM jousting as an event soon :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Deep Impact Sends Back Movie Of Comet ISON

Yes Deep Impact is still doing its thing, flying around the solar system and with its main mission over long ago the mission managers used its onboard cameras to make this very nice movie of comet ISON. Comet ISON is still a long way out but is pretty darn bright for a comet at this distance, so it's not unreasonable to think that this comet will be putting on a spectacular show when it gets closer to the sun by the end of the year. Of course, it might just fizzle out, it's happened in the past to other predicted 'great comets'